Theories of Personality: Theme - Emotions, Relationships & Consciousness PSY 515 (Graduate Course)
Course Director: Toru Sato
This course involves an in depth examination of how understanding the major theories of personality and consciousness may help us in our personal growth process. Students will be encouraged to examine their own personalities and think about how their environment and consciousness has both shaped and is shaped by their personalities. We will also explore how we can transcend the limitations of our current personalities in order to facilitate our own maturation process.
Since this is a graduate course, the instructor will assume that all students already have an understanding of the basic theories in Personality Psychology from past undergraduate courses taken on this topic. For students who have never taken an undergraduate course on Personality Psychology, it is highly recommended that they read the online textbook entitled Personality Theories by Boeree, C. G. (2006: listed below) as soon as possible.
Boeree, C. G. (2006). Personality theories (online textbook available at http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/perscontents.html).
Bly, R. (1990). Iron John: A book about men. Boston, MA: Addison-Wesley.
Brach, T. (2004). Radical acceptance: Embracing your life with the heart of the Buddha. New York: Bantam.
Dass, R. (1971). Be here now. San Cristobal, NM: Lama Foundation.
EstÚs, C. P. (1992). Women who run with wolves: Myths and stories of the wild woman archetype. New York: Random House.
Gunaratana, H. (2002). Mindfulness in plain English. Boston, MA: Wisdom Publications.
Hay, L. (2004). I can do it: How to use affirmations to change your life. Carlsbad, CA: Hayhouse.
Hill, C. (ed.). (2004). Dream work in therapy. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Katie, B., & Katz. M. (2005). I need your love - Is that true? How to stop seeking love, approval, and appreciation and start finding them instead. New York: Harmony Books.
Levine, S. (1979). A gradual awakening. New York: Random House.
Richo, D. (2002). How to be an adult in relationships: The five keys to mindful loving. Boston: Shambhala.
Ruiz, D. M. (1997). The four agreements: A practical guide to personal freedom. San Rafael, CA: Amber-Allen.
Sato, T. (2018). Two, one, none: Conversations of meditations. Shippensburg, PA: Self-Published.
Siegel, D. J. (2010). Mindsight: The new science of personal transformation. New York: Bantam.
Watts, A. (1966). The book: On the taboo against knowing who you are. New York: Vintage books.
Students will work on a project for their own personal development and evaluate themselves by reflecting on their own progress at an exit interview at the end of the course. Although it is not required, students are welcome to create their own assignments and solicit feedback from the instructor throughout the course.
Please turn all electronic devices off and place them in a non-visible location during class time. Please make every effort to arrive to class on time and stay until the class is finished.
|Leaving Home (The Earthly Self)|
|Object relations, Attachment & Personality Development|
|Learning from Conflict|
|Facing the Existential Void|
|The Art of Letting Go|
|Femininity & Masculinity|
|Dreams & Imagination|
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